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ERCLA Supports Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative

The Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative was formed in 2015 to organize a response to the attack on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes and the area rivers by legislative actions taken as part of the state budget process (Act 55).

That one amendment to the budget removed much of the local control of lakes and ended years of informed data driven regulations of riparian properties. It also removed the Vilas County Lake Classification System that was put together to balance property rights with protection of the lakes and rivers in this area.

The Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative is ERCLA’s lobby group. Visit the Wisconsin Shoreland Initiative website for more information on the efforts to regain local government control.

Lake Management Plans Available

Visit our lake management page to view the plans.

Lakeshore Property Valuation and Vilas County Economy

34% of Vilas County is comprised of wetlands, which includes lakes and other wet areas. “Wet” property owners pay a large portion of the County’s taxes. Seasonal homeowners and tourists spend a lot. Download your copy of this informative document that spells out everything you want to know about the wetlands of Vilas County, property taxes paid for the wet properties, and how the economy is impacted.

Chain Fish Survey Results Available

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conducted a comprehensive fish survey of the entire Eagle River Chain of Lakes in 2013 and 2014. Download your copy of the fisheries information sheets to learn what they found. You may also download the creel survey reports to learn more.